Related Information and Research

Research in the field of early childhood care and learning point to the relationship between teacher and child as the most important influencer of program quality. If so, the longer the relationship, the more effective the outcomes for children. A child's personality is developed by interactions beween dependable, consistent, caring adults and the child over time.These relationships must have both depth and duration for children to reap optimum benefits and to receive the highest quality, value-added experiences. 

The following publications,from well-established sources,support the benefits of using a system of primary care giving in mixed-age groupings for infants and toddlers:

* Young Children is a publication of NAEYC